Between Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts and Golden Tickets, Sligo Food Trail is just a hive of activity this Easter weekend. Check out some of the highlights and make a note of those times – you don’t want to miss ANY of the fun.
It must be like a United Nations meeting when Teresa and Pierre Krebs get together with their two daughters – each one is entitled to a different nationality. Teresa’s roots are local although London was her place of birth, Pierre was brought up in Belgium, the elder daughter, Stephanie was born in Australia and Jennifer in Paris. It gives some hint of Teresa’s cosmopolitan work life before she and Pierre took over Cawley’s Guesthouse from her parents in 2003.
We hear so much these days about intensive farming and the ever widening gap between producer and consumer. We’re so lucky here on Sligo Food Trail to have a fabulous selection of Farmers’ Markets to choose from. What could be better than buying directly from the producer?
As the slogan says ‘the secret’s in the mix’ where Sligo Food Trail is concerned, and one outstanding part of that mixture is Temple House near Ballymote. This glorious Georgian manor is where Roderick Perceval was brought up and where he and his wife currently operate a Hidden Ireland Guesthouse and the family farm.
Coeurine is the lively type and never seems to sit still, she is forever busy with baking, preserving, crochet or formwork...Visitors to Rathcormac market could find themselves confronted with anything from seeds and fruit to smoky bacon flavoured soda bread. Cordials could be anything from elderflower or rhubarb to her homemade Ribena. You can also spend an afternoon with Coeurine jam making. Variety is most definitely the spice of life for Coeurine Murray and Murson Farm.
Working as head chef of a gastro pub on the Wild Atlantic Way probably wasn’t in Lee Mastin’s mind as he gained experience in London’s Michelin starred restaurants. Would he swap his life now, living in rural Geevagh and heading up the busy kitchen at The Draft House in Strandhill for those hectic, heady days? [...]
Green is the colour on Sligo Food Trail in and around St. Patrick’s Day on Friday 17th March. With more than 70 members you can be sure there’s something exciting going on near you.
The world was Gary Stafford’s oyster when he left Cathal Brugha Street College and he intended to explore its cuisines with enthusiasm. First stop was a college placement in Brittany working in the lovely walled town of Vannes and discovering a new world of food. That led to a ‘real’ job in a delightful nearby fishing village of Pont Aven. Its main claim to fame is a close association with artist Paul Gauguin but for Gary the appeal was learning artistry of a different kind – the art of French cuisine.
Myles Lamberth has taken what could loosely be described as ‘the scenic route’ from his native Capetown to Strandhill on Ireland’s northwest coast. His childhood was divided between several different countries including Iran, Angola and Namibia, the family moving as his father’s engineering career dictated. Clearly Myles inherited the wanderlust gene and he has added the USA, France, Switzerland, England and now of course Ireland to the seriously impressive list of places he has lived. Almost a decade in Strandhill is the longest time he has ever spent in one spot.
There is a tantalising incongruity between the exotic details of Mary Luthers’ early life and the last few decades spent in a rural idyll in the northwest of Ireland. Her grandfather, an Anderson from Calry in Sligo spread his wings wide and pursued a career abroad marrying a French woman; ‘Granny Lily’ to the young Mary. Their son, Mary’s father, also worked abroad and even brought his young family to India for a few years, where her culinary world journey began.